Big Rapids girls secure second place in CSAA

Cardinals defeat Tri County to end regular season

Big Rapids' Kate Langworthy tries to stop Tri County's Mary Shepard from going to the basket in CSAA Gold action on Friday.

Big Rapids' Kate Langworthy tries to stop Tri County's Mary Shepard from going to the basket in CSAA Gold action on Friday.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

BIG RAPIDS – Big Rapids’ basketball team overcame a slow start to overpower Tri County 45-35 in Central State Activities Association Gold action on Friday to close the regular season for both girls basketball teams.

The Cardinals were able to secure second place in the CSAA Gold with a 10-4 record. They are 14-6 overall. Tri County is 6-8 in the CSAA Gold and 9-11 overall.

Tri County led after the first quarter but Big Rapids was up 18-17 at halftime and outscored TC in the third 22-4 for a 40-21 lead. TC had a 14-5 scoring edge in the fourth.

“There definitely was a lid on the basket in the first half,”  Big Rapids coach Jessica Haist said. “It’s not like we weren’t putting a lot up but there was not much going down. We got a good look. We couldn’t get anything to fall.”

Marissa Warren led a balanced attack with 10 points followed by Jenna Williams, Makenna Rautio and Kate Langworthy with eight apiece, Rylie Haist with six, Faith Haugher and Rebecca Allers with two apiece and Leila Valentine with one.

“There was a lot of defensive pressure on Ry,” Haist said. “The offense has to come up through her. She did a great job of distributing the ball. Marissa is doing a great job on the boards, being in the right position. Jenna knocked down a pretty important 3-pointer down the stretch. We have to dig deep sometimes.”

Big Rapids plays in the Ludington district with a semifinal game on March 2 against the Manistee-Cadillac winner.

“We’ll practice at Ludington on Sunday and check it out,” Haist said. “We have never played there. It will be a different look for us.”

Morley Stanwood 67, Lakeview 23

MORLEY – Morley Stanwood ended its regular season at 15-4 and CSAA Silver campaign at 8-2 on Friday over Lakeview (3-7, 3-17).

Braelyn Berry had 16 points and Lila Hoisington 15 to lead Morley Stanwood.

“Madison Garbow was out sick tonight but the other girls stepped up in her absence,” Morley Stanwood coach Bob Raven said.

Morley Stanwood had quarter scores of 24-5, 39-11 and 54-20.

The Mohawks are hosting the districts next week and play either Ravenna or White Cloud in a semifinal game.

Newaygo 65, Chippewa Hills 39

REMUS – Newaygo ended its CSAA Silver season at 14-0 and is 19-1 overall following this win over Chippewa Hills on Friday.

Chippewa Hills falls to 1-13 and 5-15.

It was 32-17 at halftime.

Madison Wrisley scored 26 points for Chippewa Hills with 12 field goals and two free throws, and Shelby Fall had 7 points. Jaxi Long had 23 points for Newaygo.

The Warriors play Standish Sterling in a district semifinal game on Wednesday at Chippewa Hills.

Bear Lake 34, Crossroads 29 (overtime)

BIG RAPIDS – It went into overtime on Friday with Bear Lake prevailing to improve its record to 1-14 in the West Michigan D League and 1-16 overall.

Crossroads is 2-13 both overall and in the league and will play Mason County Eastern at Marion on Monday in Division 4 district play.

Pine River 40, Beal City 39

Pine River was up 10-9 after the first quarter but trailed 20-19 at halftime but the Bucks led 33-25 after the third quarter.

Hailey Wanstead had 20 points, 14 rebounds and three assists while Madi Sparks had 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Avery Sumpter had six points and three steals. Amanda Hill had five steals. Sparks hit two free throws to win the game.

Pine River is at Mason County Central to play Harrison in a district semifinal game on Wednesday.

Evart 70, Roscommon 46

Evart is 14-6 overall and 10-6 in the Highland after this win on Thursday over Roscommon 4-12, 5-14.

Evart will play at Mason County Central on Wednesday in a district semifinal game.


BOYS BASKETBALL

Morley Stanwood 63, Lakeview 38

MORLEY – Morley Stanwood improved to 6-4 in the CSAA Silver and 10-7 overall with this Friday win over Lakeview (2-8, 3-16).

The Mohawks led 17-6 after the first quarter, 25-21 after the second and 45-32 after the third.

Zade Garrett had 23 points for the Mohawks while Aaron Moore had 14.

“The kids played hard and we’re looking forward to next week,” MS coach Jason Kostecki said. 

Morley Stanwood is home with Newaygo on Tuesday.

Newaygo 74, Chippewa Hills 43

REMUS – Newaygo improved to 5-9 and 7-12 while Chippewa Hills fell to 0-14 and 1-17 on Friday. Gage Saathoff had 22 points for Chippewa Hills while Tyler Jones had 14.

Chippewa Hills will be at Ravenna on Thursday.

Baldwin 57, Brethren 50

BRETHREN – Baldwin was up after the first quarter, down 25-20 at halftime and up 37-34 after the third period.

“It was a low scoring game early,”  Baldwin coach JJ Eads said. “We battled some foul trouble and some injuries but got through it for a nice road win.”

Carmelo Lindsey and SJ Hossler had 19 points apiece. Jess Pancio had seven points.

Baldwin is 14-4 overall and is home on Tuesday with Hesperia.

Lake City 66, Evart 45

Evart fell to 5-11 in the Highland and 5-13 overall with this Friday loss. Lake City is 9-7 and 10-8.

The Wildcats are home on Tuesday against Big Rapids.